Val Gardena Ski Resort

Val Gardena ski resort, Dolomites, Italy
The scale of the Dolomites is on full display at Val Gardena
Val Gardena ski resort is a beginner intermediate skiers' paradise
The Val Gardena Fun Slope is one of the world's best.
Not known for freeride powder, it can be found at Val Gardena on Ciampinoi
The Sella Ronda goes through Passo Gardena & into Alta Badia ski resort
Ride past a castle above the village of Santa Cristina in Val Gardena
Glorious terrain on Seceda looking toward the ever present Sassolungo
Modern ski lifts & vistas abound on the Col Raiser in Val Gardena
There is no shortage of superb bars & restaurants at Val Gardena ski resort.
Val Gardena provides a magical mystery ski tour through the Dolomites, here above Monte Pana
Awesome beginner ski terrain at Plan de Gralba in Val Gardena
High-alpine intermediate slopes abound near Passo Sella in Val Gardena
Val Gardena has a modern & efficient lift system.
The Ciampinoi has Val Gardena's steepest terrain
Welcoming rifugio at Piz Setëur
An après ski goat always improves the day at Snowbar in Santa Cristina
Eggs are not all in one basket at Val Gardena's 3 main villages - Ortisei, Selva & Santa Cristina
Its hard to remember to get off the chair sometimes in the Dolomites!
Val Gardena ski resort - says it all really!

Val Gardena Ski Resort

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Val Gardena

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Val Gardena3.5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
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Dolomites Ski Resorts

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Kronplatz
Madonna di Campiglio
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Val di Fassa

    Val Gardena Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Val Gardena Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,230m – 2518m (1,288m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    5m
  • Lifts (81)
    16 Gondolas / cable cars
    43 Chairs

    Dolomiti Superski
    450 lifts
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Dec to early April
    8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 175km
    Longest run – 6km+
    Advanced - 8%
    Intermediate - 56%
    Beginner - 36%

    Dolomiti Superski total
    1200km
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Val Gardena only
    Adult - €46 to 57
    Child - €32 to 40
    Child u/8yr - Free

    Dolomiti SuperSki
    Adult - €50 to 62
    Child - €35 to 43
    Child u/8yr - Free
    Dolomiti Superski Trail Map
  • Dolomiti Superski Trail Map
  • Sella Ronda Ski Trail Map
  • Sella Ronda Ski Trail Map
  • Dolomites Great War Circuit Ski Trail Map
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Val Gardena Ski Resort Italy

Val Gardena is in a valley dominated by the classic Dolomites peak of Sassolungo & the huge Sella massif - a view skiers first enjoyed here as early as 1895. Since then Val Gardena has grown to become one of the most popular resorts in the Dolomiti, especially for families & intermediate skiers & snowboarders.

With more than 175km of runs connected by an incredible array of lifts, Val Gardena also gives snowboarders & skiers direct access to the Sella Ronda network plus the huge Dolomiti SuperSki area.

Val Gardena has been honoured in the past as the Numero Uno Italian ski resort, based on the ski resort size, standard & facilities. Locals speak German, Italian & their regional dialect “Ladin”. Their approach combines the best of these cultures to bring you a passion for life, food, music, fun & perfection!

Pros & Cons for Val Gardena Ski Resort

Pros

  • Biggest ski resort in the Dolomites;
  • Best range of intermediate piste trails in the Dolomiti Superski area (& perhaps Italy);
  • High quality lift system;
  • The most amazing ‘fun slope’ in the world;
  • Great value lift pass comparative to the number of lifts & terrain;
  • Integral part of the Sella Ronda ski circuit & Dolomiti Superski area;
  • Numerous lively après ski options;
  • Ski-in ski-out accommodation available on mountain & in villages;
  • Superb mountain huts;
  • Located in one of the most spectacular mountain areas of the world.

Cons

  • A big resort that does get busy;
  • Limited off-piste freeride terrain;
  • Limited advanced terrain (but with a few very good black runs on piste);
  • Accommodation can be hard to get & may be relatively expensive;
  • Ski area is not quite fully integrated by lifts & pistes - effectively four separate ski areas ( but to be fair, with the exception of Alpe di Siusi, they are only separated by a short walk).

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Three separate major villages, plus many smaller ones;
  • Piste trails spread across a huge distance;
  • Italy’s most popular ski area.

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

An extraordinarily large ski resort of 81 lifts and 175km of trails, Val Gardena skiing & snowboarding terrain is spread over three (probably four in reality) separate major zones: Val Gardena (Gröden), Alpe di Siusi (Seiser Alm & Col Raiser-Seceda-Resciesa. Each is quite different in both character & aspect. The resort's full skiable vertical of nearly 1300m can only be skied in one location from Seceda (& it’s a ripper!). Most of the terrain has skiable verticals of between 500 to 800m.

The amount of lifts & trails around the massive Sassolungo is dizzying & getting geographically confused is a real possibility. But what fun for intermediate skiers & snowboarders with nearly 100km of runs rated as red. Don't miss the huge fun slope on Piz Sella – it is simply extraordinary!

As one expects in the largest ski resort in Italy, the piste trails are of the highest quality & are generally in excellent condition. However, some high traffic areas (i.e. anything on the busy Sella Ronda routes) can become bumped & icy quite early in the day. The lower sections of Seceda are fairly hectic in the late afternoon too! Off piste freeride options are limited to some gentle alpine terrain.

See our Skiing Val Gardena page for more information.

Interlinked with Dolomiti Superski Resorts

Val Gardena is lift and piste interlinked with the ski resorts of Alta Badia & Val di Fassa. Combined with Arabba Marmolada, these resorts make up the excellent Sella Ronda, the full circuit of the Sella massif.

Where is Val Gardena Italy?

Val Gardena is in the central Dolomites on the north-western flanks of the Sella massif. The closest major town is Bolzano, 43km and less than 1hr drive to the west.

The major gateway airport is Innsbruck (INN) 120km drive to the north & is the best option for travellers from within Europe or the UK. The Venice Marco Polo International Airport (VCE) is only 125km directly south of Val Gardena, but is a tortuous 190km, 3.5hr drive over 4 major mountain passes.

Good public transport options in the form of train & bus exist from the west (the Bolzano-Innsbruck corridor). For larger groups without a car, a direct private transfer from the airport to their Val Gardena hotel may be the simplest & most efficient mode of transport. Search & book a private transfer here.

See the Travel to Val Gardena page for more information on the best ways to get to this amazing ski area.

Val Gardena Accommodation

Val Gardena has three main villages: Ortisei; San Cristina; and Selva Gardena plus a plethora of other accommodation options in the mountains & throughout the valley. In Selva our ski-in ski-out pick is the brilliant Hotel Bel Vert - way better than its 3-stars might indicate.

Search & book all Val Gardena ski accommodation here.

A dizzying array of mountain huts provide food & drink during the day plus high alpine lodgings at night. Rifugio Emilio Comici is the best known of the mountain huts, but there are many more worth seeking out. Try the excellent Hotel Piz Seteur.

Away from the main three villages, smaller ski resort villages with accommodation are located throughout the resort area. Plan de Gralba, Passo Sella & Passo Gardena above Selva plus Alpe di Siusi, Siusi & Castelrotto near Ortisei all provide alternative accommodations. In Alpe di Siusi the exclusive 5 -star Hotel Alpina Dolomites reigns supreme.

For more information on the best places to stay in Val Gardena see our Accommodation Information page.

Ski Rentals & Lessons

Ski rentals are available from our partners in convenient locations throughout the major Val Gardena villages. Search & book ski or snowboard rentals in Selva Gardena-Wolkenstein, Ortisei-St Ulrich & Santa Cristina here.

A staggering number of ski instructors ski schools & guides ply their craft in the Val Gardena ski resort & surrounding valleys. To narrow down the field, search & book a private lesson or resort guide with the best providers here.

Other Activities

Amongst numerous non-ski activities in Val Gardena, the most exhilarating is north of Ortisei (St Ulrich). On the top of the escarpment at Resciesa, two sledding trails are accessed by the Resciesa funicular 7 descend into the valley over several kilometres & a hefty 850m vertical. More sled trails are up on Alpe di Siusi.

Review

The Powderhounds returned to Val Gardena in March 2019 to finally get some decent photos! We have had a few issues here previously! We had a wonderful time, particularly after meeting the après ski goat! Check out our stunningly witty prose via the reviews tab on this page.

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Tours in or near Val Gardena

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

CLASSIC Dolomites Ski Safari
HOSTED SKI SAFARI | DOLOMITES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
The very best skiing in the Dolomites linking 6 ski resorts & spending 4 nights in mountain rifugi under the guidance of your dedicated host. Ski the best groomed trails in the Dolomites on this classic ski safari. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group together for a custom tour.
Price p/p From price based on fixed date tours, twin/double-share room.
Base/invoice currency is in EURO incl taxes.
USD 1,665
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SPECIAL Dolomites Ski Safari
HOSTED SKI SAFARI | DOLOMITES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
A special ski adventure set amongst the awe inspiring landscape of the Dolomites. Linking 9 ski resorts via groomed slopes by ski, taxi, helicopter & snowmobile, spend 5 nights in mountain rifugi under the guidance of your dedicated host. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group together for a custom tour.
Price p/p From price based on fixed date tours, twin/double-share room.
Base/invoice currency is in EURO incl taxes.
USD 2,716
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VENTURE Dolomites Ski Safari
HOSTED SKI SAFARI | DOLOMITES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
The Venture is for fast paced skiers who like to clock up vertical & do the most exciting ski slopes. Ski the best groomed runs in the Dolomites & spend 5 night in mountain rifugi. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group together for a custom tour.
Price p/p From price based on fixed date tours, twin/double-share room.
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USD 2,439
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Skiare SILVER Packages
MIXED GROUP GUIDED INSTRUCTIONAL PACKAGES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Make the most of your Dolomites ski holiday with a MIXED GROUP guide / instructor who will show you many of the great sights & ski areas whilst helping you to improve your skiing. Whilst this example package is based on 7 nights, packages are fully CUSTOMISABLE from 3 days plus and can start from any day of the week.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share in a 3-star hotel room during medium season (Dec 1 - 23, Jan 6 - Feb 2, Mar 10 - 24).
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
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USD 2,619
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Skiare GOLD Packages
PRIVATE GUIDED INSTRUCTIONAL PACKAGES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Make the most of your Dolomites ski holiday with a private guide / instructor who will show you many of the great sights & ski areas whilst helping you to improve your skiing. Whilst this example package is based on 7 nights, packages are fully CUSTOMISABLE from 3 days plus and can start from any day of the week.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share in a 3-star hotel room during medium season (Dec 1 - 23, Jan 6 - Feb 2, Mar 10 - 24).
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 3,588
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Dolomites Powder Skiing Star Safari
GUIDED POWDER SKI SAFARI | DOLOMITES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Skiing
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This is the ultimate guided Dolomites powder ski safari incorporating lifts & touring to access the best the area has to offer. Experience a night in a classic mountain hut & ski up to 2,000 m vert descents. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
Price p/p From price based on fixed date tours, min 7 people, twin/double-share room.
Base/invoice currency is in EURO inc taxes.
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USD 2,098
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